Overview

These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 80 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 90% of councils had submitted the Q4 2019-20 data. Data may be missing or incomplete from Alpine, Central Goldfields, Hepburn, Horsham, Maribyrnong, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander and Stonnington.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to a technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during the Q2 of the 2019-20 financial year.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q4 2019-20

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 11,559, an increase of 17% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 10,777, an increase of 5% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $5 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 69% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, an increase of 3% on last quarter.
  • 186 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 12% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)


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Graphs & tables

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q4 2018-19 Applications received Q4 2019-20 % Change Applications decided Q4 2018-19 Applications decided Q4 2019-20 % Change
Victoria12,39411,559 -7% 11,574 10,777 -14%
Metropolitan region 8,736 7,684 -12% 8,924 7,383 -17%
Inner and middle urban 5,063 4,872 -4% 5,196 4,664 -10%
Outer urban 2,342 1,654 -29% 2,373 1,608 -32%
Growth areas 1,331 1,158 -13% 1,355 1,111 -18%
Rural Region 3,658 3,875 -6% 3,650 3,394 -7%
Peri-Urban 1,141 1,028 -10% 1,028 915 -11%
Regional city LGAs 1,403 1,567 12% 1,463 1,375-6%
Small and medium regional 1,114 1,280 15% 1,159 1,104 -5%

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2018-19 Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2019-20 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Victoria 7,474 6,556 71% 956 1,415 8,224 9,219
Metropolitan region 5,554 4,727 76% 429 1,246 5,955 6,218
Inner and middle urban 3,383 3,167 80% 197824 4,450 3,960
Outer urban 1,501 1,014 76% 120301 685 1,334
Growth areas 670 546 59% 112121 820 924
Rural Region 1,920 1,829 61% 527169 2,269 3,001
Peri-Urban 625 505 66% 188 28 1,051 766
Regional city LGAs 761 80266% 169 125 987 1,219
Small and medium regional 534 552 51% 170 16231 1,016

Applications received by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications received in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

The graph for this section is still being developed and will be provided once available.

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.8 KB).

Applications decided by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications decided in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications decided during the quarter by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.4 KB).


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Reports

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

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